Nashville museum on African American music planned

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new museum in the works for Nashville hopes to expand the public’s idea of what makes the town Music City.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new museum in the works for Nashville hopes to expand the public’s idea of what makes the town Music City.

The National Museum of African American Music will focus on the way African Americans have influenced almost every genre of American music — from rock ‘n’ roll, to country, to rhythm and blues and gospel.

Supporters say the museum is a perfect fit for Nashville.

It would be the only museum in the country showcasing the contributions of African Americans to music, and board chairman Henry Hicks said they hope to affiliate with the Smithsonian.

The museum is expected to cost $47.5 million to build. Hicks said the fundraising effort is making good progress. They hope to open sometime in 2013, but the timeline is still flexible.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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